la·​zy | \ ˈlā-zē How to pronounce lazy (audio) \
lazier; laziest

Definition of lazy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : disinclined to activity or exertion : not energetic or vigorous The lazy child tried to avoid household chores.
b : encouraging inactivity or indolence a lazy summer day
2 : moving slowly : sluggish a lazy river
3 : droopy, lax a rabbit with lazy ears
4 : placed on its side lazy E livestock brand
5 : not rigorous or strict lazy scholarship

lazy

verb
lazied; lazying

Definition of lazy (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to move or lie lazily : laze

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Other Words from lazy

Adjective

lazily \ ˈlā-​zə-​lē How to pronounce lazily (audio) \ adverb
laziness \ ˈlā-​zē-​nəs How to pronounce laziness (audio) \ noun
lazyish \ ˈlā-​zē-​ish How to pronounce lazyish (audio) \ adjective

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Adjective

lazy, indolent, slothful mean not easily aroused to activity. lazy suggests a disinclination to work or to take trouble. take-out foods for lazy cooks indolent suggests a love of ease and a dislike of movement or activity. the heat made us indolent slothful implies a temperamental inability to act promptly or speedily when action or speed is called for. fired for being slothful about filling orders

Examples of lazy in a Sentence

Adjective a lazy child who avoided household chores I should have done more work this weekend, but I was feeling lazy. a hawk flying in lazy circles Verb a good afternoon to spend lazying on the back porch
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Flowers missed a tackle on Bengals wide receiver John Ross’ first touchdown catch and then was inexcusably lazy and burned by Ross on a 55-yard touchdown catch just seconds before halftime. oregonlive, "Seattle Seahawks win their regular-season opener: 10 winners and losers," 9 Sep. 2019 Towson University student Christelle Etienne isn’t whiling away these long, lazy days of summer lounging by the pool or hanging out with friends from high school. Charlotte West, Washington Post, "Summer school is hot at community colleges," 19 July 2019 The setting is an intentional community — a socially progressive farming commune, like a hippie kibbutz — in the lazy summer days of December 1990 (Southern hemisphere, folks). Kerry Lengel, azcentral, "‘Too Late to Die Young’ is the first film of 2019 to get 5 stars from azcentral," 11 July 2019 And just another lazy day, humbling and liberating, for the rest of us, thanks to guys like Art Tooze. oregonlive.com, "The back story on Independence Day: Steve Duin," 28 June 2019 In the long, lazy days before Alaska’s most bonkers fishery brings bedlam and blood to the beaches of Kenai, one of the state’s least likely and most laid-back fisheries exists as an ephemeral prelude to the madness. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Calm before the storm: Kenai halibut anglers kick back in advance of Alaska’s most frenetic fishery," 19 June 2019 In search of an easy, healthy snack for parties, picnics and lazy days by the pool? NBC News, "The ultimate summer snack: 5-minute frozen cherry peach yogurt bark," 8 June 2019 The spring of teacher uprisings has given way to summer, but these are anything but lazy days for educators continuing the fight though their own election campaigns. Carolyn Thompson, The Seattle Times, "Teacher candidacies surge in wake of spring walkouts," 13 Aug. 2018 The last vestiges of lazy days, one last look over the shoulder at what the summer offered. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "U.S. Open: Naomi Osaka, Coco Gauff showed that women’s game is in good hands," 2 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of lazy

Adjective

1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1612, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lazy

Adjective and Verb

perhaps from Middle Low German lasich feeble; akin to Middle High German erleswen to become weak

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25 Oct 2019

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The first known use of lazy was in 1549

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English Language Learners Definition of lazy

disapproving : not liking to work hard or to be active
: not having much activity : causing people to feel that they do not want to be active
: moving slowly
la·​zy | \ ˈlā-zē How to pronounce lazy (audio) \
lazier; laziest

Kids Definition of lazy

1 : not liking or willing to act or work
2 : not having much activity a lazy summer day
3 : moving slowly : sluggish a lazy stream

Other Words from lazy

lazily \ -​zə-​lē \ adverb We walked lazily down the path.

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